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HHI – The Apology…..

So yes, we pulled the HHI video we originally posted. If you watched that video and were offended or grieved, this one should encourage you.

If you watched the first video and felt zeal well-up in your heart and a desire to go preach truth boldly, watch this video as well. Go about your task wisely.

Two Passages that Scare the Hell Out of Me

….and me too!

Courtesy of Barret over at RecoverTheGospel:

My youth was spent in a casual Christian, experience-driven Charismatic atmosphere, and my thought on Doctrine was that it only succeeded in dividing Christians from their real focus. I didn’t think Jesus cared about what you thought about Him or what you were doing, as long as you loved Him, and loved Him with all your might. These verses still cause me to shiver.

Brian came into my life four years ago, and through him, God showed me two verses that literally scared the Hell out of me. Thank you Brian, for showing me these verses, and for rocking my world out of deadness.

Matthew 7:21-23
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”

Go read the rest:

HT: Lifey.


Q takes on X on Expository Preaching

Xavier over at Reformed Blacks of America has been posting (lately) on his view of expository preaching.

Long story short – he seems to believe it’s a ‘white’ tradition. .

Q is critiquing him on it here:

and here:

Love you, X. But gotta side with Q on this one.


Blogwatching: What this whole Easter and Gospel Thing is about…..

So okay, it’s time to celebrate the resurrection of Christ from the grave, conquering sin and death all over again, right ?

Some of you have heard that line over and over again, but have no real idea what it means.

So three little posts should help you out.

Humanity’s Problem: Sin

My beloved sister, Jenn has just written a wonderful blogpost going into this very issue: Romans 3. Either before or after you read it, feel free to click the link at the top of the page to shai linne’s “Justified”. Regular readers to my blog know the song well by now. :)

God’s Solution: The Life, Death and Resurrection of Christ

Next, John Piper has a short 6 minute video presentation on what the gospel is.

The Result: Peace with God

Lifey gives us some more insight into the book of Romans as she blogs about her study time in Romans 5:1-11.

The Issue Standing Before You: Repent and Believe

Are you a good person ? Are you a good person ? Click on the link to Way of the Master’s website and take their ‘good person’ test.


BLOGWATCHING – because it’s necessary….

A few nuggets:

First, off, I just posted the latest Thinking Biblically Commentary on the front page of the site. The title is “Happy New Year – So What ?” Take a good read and pass it on to a few folks. 🙂

Tony over at the Shepherd’s Scrapbook has begun a 5 month long series on the life and theology of John Calvin. You can find the intro here:

The second ( and third ( ) articles continue with an intro and then he gets to the heavy stuff: An Introduction to the Institutes of the Christian Religion.

A great excerpt:

Calvin’s Institutes remain one of the most significant theological writings in church history. His style is so readable, his scope so broad and the practical implications of his conclusions so relevant that this work remains accessible today.

Sadly there is a tendency to reduce Calvinism into a theological acronym TULIP: Total depravity (or radical depravity); Unconditional election; Limited atonement (or particular redemption); Irresistible grace (or efficacious grace); and Preserving grace. These theological terms are important. But Calvin will not let us develop a theological framework to feed theological cookies to intellectual elites. Among many purposes (like easing the persecution of post-Reformation believers) the repentance of the unregenerate and a growth in godliness of the regenerate are central to Calvin’s monumental work.

Calvin writes because he wants sinners to know God, know Christ and see the value of the Church.

When I turn my thoughts to the topic of ‘Humble Calvinism’ I am thinking of something much bigger than TULIP or predestination, election and foreordination. These theological puzzle pieces fit into a larger framework bordered by Calvin’s desire to see sinners truly cling to God and honor Him in everyday life so that all people – black, white, men, women, artists, teachers, scientists, political rulers – will humble themselves under the one, sovereign God.

Summa Pietatis

In the introduction of the English translation of the Institutes, John T. McNeill writes, “The discerning reader soon realizes that not the author’s intellect alone but his whole spiritual and emotional being is enlisted in his work … He was not, may we say, a theologian by profession, but a deeply religious man who possessed a genius for orderly thinking and obeyed the impulse to write out the implications of his faith. He calls his book not a summa theologiae but a summa pietatis. The secret of his mental energy lies in his piety; its product is his theology, which is his piety described at length.”

Calvin himself defines piety as “that reverence joined with love of God which the knowledge of his benefits induces. For until men recognize that they owe everything to God, that they are nourished by his fatherly care, that he is the Author of their every good, that they should seek nothing beyond him – they will never yield him willing service. Nay, unless they establish their complete happiness in him, they will never give themselves truly and sincerely to him” (1.2.1).

Notice especially Calvin’s emphasis on “reverence.” The common experience of men and women in Scripture who see God is fear. We can measure God’s presence in our lives and culture to the degree that men and women fear God. Reverence towards God is part of what it means to know God and a lack of fear towards God displays the ugliness of human sinfulness (Rom. 3:18). Calvin reminds us of this sovereign God who controls all things and causes men and women to shake in fear and trembling.

Joel Beeke writes, “John Calvin’s Institutes have earned him the title of ‘the preeminent systematician of the Protestant Reformation.’ His reputation as an intellectual, however, is often seen apart from the vital spiritual and pastoral context in which he wrote his theology. For Calvin, theological understanding and practical piety, truth and usefulness, are inseparable. Theology first of all deals with knowledge – knowledge of God and of ourselves – but there is no true knowledge where there is no true piety” ( – Calvin on Piety paper).

Calvin sounds the unmistakable warning: A Calvinist is not one who merely understands TULIP and the theological framework associated with it. Calvinism – truly humble Calvinism – builds off the assumption that I must fear God for his holiness, love God for His generosity and find all my joy in Him! This throbbing piety is the heartbeat of Calvinism.

But this message is not only for the churchgoer. God’s plan is the transformation of every facet of culture. To accomplish this, God must sovereignty capture the arts, sciences, academics, politics and the pulpit. This transformation of an ignorant cultural was the bull’s-eye John Calvin rested his theological crosshairs.

John MacArthur posts an excerpt from his upcoming book The Truth War. I love the play on words: Continuing to fight the War on Error.
Lord, please keep JohnnyMac around for another 15-20 years at least.

Finally, Against Heresies has a good short quote from R.Scott Clark on Why We Memorize the Catechism.

I run into questions like this all the time (read the quote) based on dubious premises (like ‘Why do you call yourself a Calvinist ?’).

That’ll do it for now.



Blogwatching….because I haven’t done it in a while!

Carolyn McCulley links to a GREAT article in Boundless’s Webzine by Michael Lawrence of Capitol Hill Baptist Church. The article is called Stop Test Driving-Your Girlfriend!.

Dan Phillips at Pyromaniacs chimes in with a new series entitled “Red Herrings”, which deal with traditional MISreadings of the text of scripture. The first topic he touches on: Tongues of Angels.

Al Mohler starts of Part 1 of a two parter called The Whole Earth is Full of His Glory: The Recovery of Authentic Worship (Pt. 1). GOOD readin’.

Peter Pike (CalvinDude!) gives us a look at What Scripture says about Itself. Good post.

and finally:

Ryan Carpenter at Truth or Consequences lays out a series of overviews of theology. Here’s the links for Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Arminian, and currently he’s on Weslyan.


Evangelist and Missionary Paul Washer gets himself uninvited from any future speaking at an SBC youth convention by telling them THE TRUTH (Matthew 7:15-29):

AMEN, brother Paul. AMEN. We need more men like you.


Does He Really Want Conversation ?

Two posts ago in ‘Oy Vey’, I linked to the former worship leader at my old church’s new blog. He’d previously told me that he was planning on bouncin’ from our collective old church and that he felt God put a burden on his heart to church plant.

Darren’s a NICE guy. He’s not being narcissitic on his blog when he describes himself as:

To know me is to love me! Just joking… sorta! I’m the consummate “people person”, and I love to laugh and make people laugh. But, above all, I’m passionate about Jesus and seeing as many people come to personally know Him as possible.

He’s the type of guy that, if you’re feeling depressed, he’ll pull you aside, take time out of his day no matter how busy his schedule, and pray with you and talk with you. He’s an encourager.

He’s also a conversationalist and he likes interaction.

So seeing his blog and seeing it open for comments, I dropped off a few regarding the previous two posts on the church supposedly existing for non-Christians. Don’t worry folk, I was nice. I simply said that I felt he was confusing ONE of the missions of the church (evangelism) with the nature and purpose of the church (to show forth the glory of Christ in the world – Titus 2:11-14).

As such, the Church doesn’t exist for non-believers, but for Christ and He willed it to be so. The local church is the vehicle by which believers are equipped, encourage one another, love one another and carry out all of the ‘one another’ commands in scripture. These commands are spoken to believers and it’s something they ‘do’ to each other.

I hardly think this is ‘catering to ourselves’, so much as it is building up others in the body so we can function correctly.

I just popped into Mosaic Land a few minutes ago to find…. comments turned off. I’m guessing he’s simply hid them and turned off the feature rather than deleted everything wholesale.

Needless to say, I’m a bit disappointed. I see (from the second post) that Darren may have gotten a few phone calls and e-mails, which is why he went into detail on clarifying what he meant.

I’m wondering….. with a blog (and a large part of the blogsphere is based off of the notion of conversation and interactivity) – do you want conversation (which involves an interaction and exchange of ideas, some of which may contradict your own) or do you simply want to broadcast your thoughts and never have them challenged ?

If everyone’s thinking the same, everyone’s not thinking.


PS – comments are open. :)

Here’s Your Sign…..

I must agree with Dan Phillips on this one – You Supply The Caption #42 over at Purgatorio has got to be the funniest thread EVER on his site.

Go have a good laugh!


Oy vey…..




Spend some TIME in the Word!

For those of you unfamiliar, allow me to introduce you to one of the greatest ‘unknown’ preachers I’ve met on the net:

Pastor Phillip M. Way

Pastor Way is Pastor of Maranatha Community Church in Texas.

Be sure to check out his daily devotionals here at:

His podcast:

and Sermon Audio Archive:

You get a chance, check out his series on Jonah! I guarantee you’ll love it!